Traditional Komering House, Ogan Komering Ulu, South Sumatra

The Komering people hail from South Sumatra, specifically from the area surrounding Lake Ranau, Mount Seminung, and the Komering River, which runs from Batu Raja Bungin to Mount Batu. East Oku Regency, which is the southernmost district of South Sumatra and is bordered by Way Kanan Regency, Lampung, contains part of the Komering River basin.

Komering Ogan Komering Ulu Traditional House, South Sumatra
Komering Ogan Komering Ulu Traditional House, South Sumatra,

The area around South Sumatra, particularly around Lake Ranau and along the Komering River, became a source of areca nut commodities and other spices during the IX century, according to its history. Even India trades this product.

Traditional House of the Komering Tribe. Flora, flowers, and leaves are shown in relief sculptures. The areca nut area, which is now the Muara Dua area, is precisely placed between the Waisaka River and the Selabung River. Muara Dua gets its name from the point where two rivers meet.

During the Dutch colonial period, the Komering community's land was separated into two administrative divisions: Muara Dua Kewedanaan and Komering Kewedanaan, both of which were administered from Martapura.

Although the Komering language is nearly identical to the Lampung language, especially the Lampung language used in Blambangan Umpu, Way Kanan, the Komering people are also members of the Palembang Tribe and are often referred to as Uwong Palembang. Because the people who live along the Komering River are geographically adjacent to Lampung.

Not all Komering people speak the same Komering language; some speak Kayu Agung, which is spoken in the Kayu Agung district south of Palembang City, South Sumatra. Komering Ilir and Komering Ulu are also spoken by Komering people. Different dialects exist in these two languages. If they all communicate in Palembang's dialect.

As evidenced by the language, traditional clothing, customs, literature, rhymes, relief carvings, dances, and marriage ceremonies, all Sumatran tribes are members of distinct ethnic groups that are part of the Sumatran Malay community. The Komering tribe's practices are similar, yet there are minor distinctions between the Malay tribes of Sumatra.

The stilt construction is a common characteristic of the Komering Traditional House. This is a common trait among those who live beside the river. Furthermore, the reliefs and motifs on the Komering traditional house's wood carvings portray reliefs of flowers or plants.

Photo Mr. H. Leo Budi Rachmadi, SE (Batin Tumggung), Chairman of the Komering Indigenous Community Network (JAMAK), lives in East Oku Regency and lives in the Komering Traditional House above.

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